Learning Management System (LMS) for Joomla
Simplifying ELearning ... One lesson at a time! A Social Learning Management Extension for Joomla. Powerpacked with awesome features for your dream ELearning site
 
 
Shika
Currently only Shika Professional edition is available for Sale. 
 

Shika in Marathi means 'to learn'. Shika is a Learning Management System (LMS) for Joomla. With Shika, our aim is to make teaching and learning online easy and intuitive. Though we are coming out with the public release of this product now, its been in continuous development over the last 3 years and is part of the production learning infrastructure of several of our clients.

Building this application has been a learning experience for us as well and given us a chance to innovate. With inputs from teachers, corporate clients as well elearning content development companies, we have structured Shika such that we can solve a variety of learning needs. We believe that listening to clients and working with them gives us much more insight and makes products stronger and more tuned to your needs. 

Shika LMS Version Comparison

Standard

 
  • Organisation and Search
  • Multi Level Categorisation
  • Tags
  • Search
  • Course Manager
  • Drag and Drop Course Management with Modules and Lessons
  • Elligibility Criteria to define specific learning paths
  • Joomla ACL for Courses
  • Associated files for Courses
  • Authoring
  • Drag and Drop HTML Course Authoring
  • Standard Joomla WYSIWYG
  • Lesson Types
  • HTML5
  • SCORM
  • Powerpoint PPT/PPTX
  • Documents PDF/DOC/DOCX
  • Simple HTML
  • Video (Uploaded and Youtube)
  • Audio
  • Quiz Builder
  • Central Question Bank
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Multiple Response Questions
  • Manual Quiz Builder
  • Rules based automated quiz generator
  • Automated Checking
  • Resume support
  • Ecommerce
  • Course Subscription System
  • ECommerce Dashboards and Reports
  • Multiple Payment Plugins
  • Free Sample Lessons
  • Social Integrations
  • EasySocial
  • JomSocial
  • Likes, Comments, Notes and Lists
  • Recommend a Course
  • Reports
  • Course Report
  • Student Report Card
  • Certification
  • Certificate Generation
  • Certification Criteria
  • Tracking and Scoring
  • Multiple Attempts
  • Multiple Scoring Methods
  • Media Storage
  • Amazon S3 Integration
  • $ 199.99/6 Months
  • $ 299.99/12 Months

Professional

 
  • Organisation and Search
  • Multi Level Categorisation
  • Tags
  • Search
  • Course Manager
  • Drag and Drop Course Management with Modules and Lessons
  • Elligibility Criteria to define specific learning paths
  • Joomla ACL for Courses
  • Associated files for Courses
  • Authoring
  • Drag and Drop HTML Course Authoring
  • Standard Joomla WYSIWYG
  • Lesson Types
  • HTML5
  • SCORM
  • Powerpoint PPT/PPTX
  • Documents PDF/DOC/DOCX
  • Simple HTML
  • Video (Uploaded and Youtube)
  • Audio
  • Quiz Builder
  • Central Question Bank
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Multiple Response Questions
  • Manual Quiz Builder
  • Rules based automated quiz generator
  • Automated Checking
  • Resume support
  • Ecommerce
  • Course Subscription System
  • ECommerce Dashboards and Reports
  • Multiple Payment Plugins
  • Free Sample Lessons
  • Social Integrations
  • EasySocial
  • JomSocial
  • Likes, Comments, Notes and Lists
  • Recommend a Course
  • Reports
  • Course Report
  • Student Report Card
  • Certification
  • Certificate Generation
  • Certification Criteria
  • Tracking and Scoring
  • Multiple Attempts
  • Multiple Scoring Methods
  • Media Storage
  • Amazon S3 Integration
  • $ 469.99/6 Months
  • $ 699.99/12 Months

 

 Features Overview

Admin Features

MailChimp and ACY mailing integration

To make sure that your mailing is awesomely creative and effective we’ve integrated mailchimp and ACY mailing to make it happen

Associated Data clean up when a course or lesson is deleted

No orphans will be created after deleting a Course or a Lesson. Shika ensures systematic cleanup of the associated data after deletion.

Review for Answers Sheets

Shika has the ability in the backend to review answer sheets of quizzes

Email configurations

Admin has the liberty to choose which actions in the system should trigger an email

ACL for Backend views

Admin can setup more customized ACL and grant access on a more granular level.

Edit Attempt

Admin has the liberty to change the completion status of any attempt of any lesson / quiz and the score of any attempt of the quiz. And also the power to delete a lesson / quiz attempt. This way he can reset any attempt of any lesson / quiz of a user.

Developer Features

Lesson Formats as plugins

This makes it easy for us as well as 3PDs to extend the platform and introduce new lesson formats. Plus if you don't want to use any of the formats, you can simply disable the plugin.

Course Management

Modules

Modules are used to club together a set of lessons and quizzes together. This allows for better intra course organization and better presentation.

Drag and Drop Course management

Courses can contain lots of modules and they in turn can have lots of lessons and quizzes. Our drag and drop course management tool make it easy to rearrange your content as per your needs.

Eligibility Criteria to define specific learning paths

In some cases its necessary to enforce a certain flow in which a user can access a lesson. The order in which you want the user to go through the lessons in the course is called a Learning path. Learning paths are created by setting eligibility criteria against a lesson. You can set one more more lessons as the eligibility criteria to access a lesson.

Associated Files

You can support lessons by giving additional study material or notes using the associated files feature. Multiple files can be made available against each lesson and are offered to the course with the lesson.

Joomla ACL support

Whether you are deploying a LMS in a large organisation or you want to restrict access for your specific workflows, ACL can be a great help. Joomla ACL support for courses lets you simple as well as complex ACL scenarios to restrict or allow access as required.

Dashboard Widgets

Amazing Dashboad widgets like:
-My Liked Lessons - This widget makes sure that you have the freedom to directly launch your favorite liked lessons from the dashboard
-Total Time spent - With this you can view total time spent directly on the dashboard
-My Groups - You can view all the groups you’ve joined directly on the Dashboard. (For both JomSocial and EasySocial)
-My Group Discussions - You can view all the discussions you’ve been participating on the dashboard directly. (For Both JomSocial and EasySocial)

Module for courses that shows My Enrolled Courses and any courses from single/multiple categories

A module that displays the list of courses, total number of enrolled users, start date and type for the courses.

Ability to create a new Menu type to link to a specific Course.

One can create a menu item for a single course, from backend menu manager.

Authoring

Standard Joomla WYSIWYG

This tool offers the standard Joomla WYSIWYG as a course authoring tool. Simple flexibility to create any kind of content you need with the option to switch to hand coding html if you need to.

HTML Drag and Drop Course Authoring Tool*

This tool is offered with the view of making content authoring drag and drop easy ! With a beautiful UI and lots of ready to use elements like drop in headers, footers, body content styles, google maps videos and much more, this is the fastest way to author content that looks polished and complete.

Lesson Types

Scorm

SCORM is a set of technical standards for e-learning. It brings standardisation due to which you can use a course created using any popular SCORM authoring tool with Shika. Shika tracks completion, scoring and all critical parameters monitored in SCORM.

TinCan /Experience API / xAPI

The Tin Can API (sometimes known as the Experience API or xAPI) is a brand new learning standard and improves in many ways over SCORM. Tincan needs LMSs to integrate with a Learning Record Store (LRS). Currently Shika integrates with the Public SCORM Cloud LRS. (We are looking for feature sponsors to integrate Learning Locker and Watershed LRS and will introduce them in the coming future.)

Documents - Word, Powerpoint, PDF with Box API integration

Authoring learning content is one of the biggest challenges teachers face. The simplest way of authoring courses are traditional tools like Word, Powerpoint and PDFs. We have created an awesome lesson player by integrating the Box API which makes learning using these traditional document formats - PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX as well as PDF a breeze.

Simple HTML

Another comparatively easy authoring language for teachers is HTML. HTML content can be created by a variety of desktop as well as web based applications. To make it even easier we offer HTML Authoring tools in Shika which can make authoring HTML courses lots of fun !

Video Content

Video learning is one of the easiest ways to produce content with great software available to do screen recordings, voice overs or direct video recording. Plus learning with audio visuals is much more engaging than static content and is thus much more effective. Shika offers multiple flexible options for video learning. You can choose to upload your own videos or embed videos from Vimeo or Youtube.

Audio Learning

In some cases, learning can be simply about plugging in headphones and listening to audio content. Again pretty simple to produce, teachers can record the audio content and upload the mp3.

HTML5

HTML5 lessons can contain rich interactive content and even games. This will typically need you get content developed from a HTML5 developer. To make HTML5 content work in Shika, you just need to ensure that your content has an entry file named index.html and the file and course assets are packaged in a Zip Archive. We also offer our own tracking API if you want tracking for your non SCORM HTML5 content.

Support for LTI Providers (External Tool)

LTI or learning tools interoperability allows for adding content from external learning content providers who support the LTI standard into the LMS. This is introduced as a new Lesson type called 'External Tool'.

Note: Please note that this feature is still in Alpha and has only been tested with a limited amount of LTI Providers

Youtube plugin

Integrated the IFrame API for YouTube videos. YouTube plugin is introduced as one more Lesson type in video section

Event as a Lesson with JTicketing Integration

Typically Learning management systems are associated with 'On Demand' learning. With 'Event as a lesson' support with JTicketing we introduce the ability to add 'Scheduled Training's' into your Shika courses. This is just a start to the various 'blended learning' combinations that you will be able to achieve with Shika in the future.

Since JTicketing now supports online training now with Adobe Connect integration, these 'Events' can be online or offline !

Link as Lesson

Link as lesson allows you to compile information from the internet and set it in the right context. You can use links from any site that allows iframe embedding.

Joomla article as lesson

A lot of our customers wanted to re purpose Joomla articles for their learning content and also get benefits of using the plethora of 'Content plugins' available for Joomla for creating content. Joomla webmasters thus need to have no new learning curve to create learning content now ! Just like HTML lessons, we track time spent on these lessons too !

Assessment with Quizzes

Central Question Bank

Shika lets you maintain a Question bank of questions that you can use to create your Quizzes. Any new questions you create are automatically added to the question bank for reuse later.

Multiple Choice Questions

Shika supports creating questions with multiple choices as answers with multiple correct answer support.

Manual Curated Quiz or Rules based Rule based Quiz Generator

Shika lets you curate Quizzes by using Questions from the question bank or create questions on the fly. Alternatively you can use the intuitive rule based quiz generation tool to generate a quiz and then modify it as needed.

Automated Checking and Results

While creating a question for the quiz you have to provide the correct answer for that questions. Based on this the quiz is automatically checked and the results are generated and stored.

Answer Sheet Display

Optionally show the answer sheet to the user after he or she completes the Quiz to aid their learning.

Optional Resume support

If someone has attempted a quiz and left it incomplete, they can continue the quiz from where it was left off. This can be done for quizzes where they are used to aid learning. For serious exams, it should be turned off.

Multiple Attempt Quizzes

A student can be allowed to take Multiple attempts for a quiz

Ability to Delete Questions

You can delete questions from the Question Bank. However if the question is associated to any of the quizzes it will not be deleted and an error message will be displayed.

Commenting for the Answers

While creating a question admin can now add a comment against the answer which will be shown while the quiz is been reviewed after the completion.

Dynamic Random Quiz Generation from Question pool sets

With this feature, its possible to define a Master Pool of questions from which a random quiz is generated for each student.

Question and Answer Shuffle

This will randomly shuffle the order of rendering of questions as well as the order of answer options as per the configuration.

Tracking and Resume Support

Time Tracking for all lesson Types*

Time spent on learning is an important assessment parameter in many countries. Shika tracks the time spent down to the second for all types of lessons. Traditionally this was seen as a feature only available to SCORM courses, but Shika has made it available to all kinds of lessons.

Resume support

Learning involves spending long lengths of time on content and it might not always be possible to complete the lesson in one sitting. Shika remembers where you left off and lets you resume next time you come to complete the lesson. (Supports all lesson types except HTML.)

Ideal time for lesson

Ideal time for lesson can be set from the backend to assign the ideal time in which a particular lesson/course is supposed to be completed.

Scoring and Certification

Multiple Attempts support

When creating a lesson the teacher or admin can choose how many attempts to allow for the course. Using this you can offer the user more chances to enhance learning. (Note that multiple attempts support is not allowed for normal Quizzes in the initial version.)

Multiple Scoring Methods

You can choose how to calculate the score of a lesson across multiple attempts. You can choose if you want to use the best score, average or the latest attempt score among others.

Certification Criteria

When you create a course, you can set the certification criteria. Only when these are met, a certificate for the course shall be awarded. You can choose from Pass all lessons, Complete all lessons or No Certificate. In addition you can choose on a lesson level if that should be considered for passing.

Certificate Generation

You can certify your course by providing a certificate to the student. The certificate template can be designed in the backend using the template editor and replacement tags available.

Brand new Certificate manager

Now create multiple certificate templates and choose which template you want to use when you create a new Course.

Unique Certificate ID per certificate

With this feature every certificate that is awarded via your LMS gets a unique ID which makes it easy to track authenticity.

Certificate expiry

When creating a course you can now also set a certificate expiry after which the certificate becomes invalid. Both this and unique certificate id feature are extremely useful if you are doing CPD (Certified Professional Development) type courses which expire after a certain period.

Show total time spent in course on certificate

Lets you output the 'time spent' by the user in the course as a replacement variable in the course certificate.

Support for Easysocial Fields in the Certificate

Personalize your certificate by using select EasySocial fields in your certificate template.

Ecommerce

Course Subscription System

Shika lets you sell access to your courses. You can choose to set course access subscriptions in terms of Days, Weeks, Months or Years and set pricing accordingly. You can have multiple duration and pricing options for your courses.

Ecommerce Dashboards and reports

The Ecommerce Dashboard shows you a quick overview how your course sales are doing with a quick revenue display as well as a monthly sales graph.

Multiple Payment Plugins

Our extensions are powered by the 'Joomla Common Payments API' . Your Subscription comes with free support and updates for the following plugins.
-Paypal
-Paypal - Adaptive Payment
-Authorizenet
-2Checkout
-Pay By Check
-Pay By Purchase Order
-Alpha User Points
-JomSocial Points

All plugins listed on this link will also likely work. However they are not covered under the support subscription. https://github.com/techjoomla/joomla-payments/tree/master/code/plugins

Ability to give Free sample lessons

Free samples are the best way to let your users try your course content hands on ! You can set one or more lessons as free samples in a paid course.

Subscription renewal after expiry

Now its possible for users to renew expired subscriptions .

Manage enrollments & assignments in a easy to use view

Easy to manage enrollments and assignments along with the respective start date and due date along with user notification.

Show Coupon used count on Coupon list view

Now easily find which coupons are working better for you with a 'Use Count' display which shows how frequently a coupon has been used in the system.

Course Specific Coupon

This allows you to now create coupons that are specific to a course. It also lays the foundation for 'Vendor specific coupons' that will come in later versions when we bring multi vendor support.

Social Learning and Integrations

Native Sharing on external Social Networks

Shika allows you to easily integrate Facebook, Google+, Twitter like and share buttons on your course pages.

The Learning Activity Stream

Shika comes inbuilt with simple activity stream system that records and shows all the users learning activities in an intuitive way. This can be open organisation wide to let people see the learning activities of their peers and drive learning via peer interaction.

Course Member Chat*

Every course has a dedicated “Course member chat” which lets people who have signed up for the course interact with each other and help solve each other’s problems. The chat is offered via an integration with JBolo. (Jbolo needs to be bought separately.)

Course Likes, Dislikes*

Users are allowed to Like or Dislike a Course. Likes and dislike counts are open to public and help ascertain the quality of the course material via Social input from the users. (Course likes and comments are offered via jLike. jLike needs to be bought separately)

Course Commenting*

Comments allow users to express themselves about various aspects of the course. It could be feedback to the course author or general reviews. Commenting is threaded and public. (Course likes and comments are offered via jLike. jLike needs to be bought separately)

Recommend a course*

Course recommendations can be given by any users on the system to his friends or any user on the Joomla website. Depending on whether you are using plain Joomla or a Social networking extension, this allows recommending courses to anyone of the site or just your Friends. Recommended courses is a great way to drive learning in a Social way.

Course Groups & Discussions

This feature is available if you have integrated with JomSocial or EasySocial. Groups are a place where all the course students can interact with each other and their teachers. Groups provide features like discussions , media sharing and more to bring a great ‘co learning’ experience.

3PD Social Networks

Shika integrates on various levels with popular Social networking systems like JomSocial and EasySocial. Integrations for other networks like Community Builder, JomWall, Gravatar will come in later relates.

Profile & Avatar Integration

Shika uses the Avatars and links to profiles of the respective Social network that the Social integration is activated with in the backend configuration. Showing avatars of users or friends of the student across the front end interface adds a feeling of familiarity and friendliness and also drives content discovery by the end user.

Activity Stream Integration

Shika comes with its own elementary learning activity stream however if you are integrating a Social network of your own, then we support pushing activities into the supported Social Stream of the user. This adds vitality to learning in the network by promoting content discovery and peer interaction on learning content and achievements.

Points Integration

Rewards are a great way to promote learning. Points integration will let you do this easily. Shika supports integration with JomSocial as well as EasySocial points systems and the admin can configure the respective rules to define how the integration will work.

Badges to show off your Achievements

It feels great to show off an achievement and get recognition for it. It also serves as a great learning driver for not only the person who achieved something but also to their peers.
Shika integrates with EasySocial Badges and these can be awarded using the same criteria for certification. If you select a EasySocial badge to be awarded against a course, then the badge is awarded automatically when the certification criteria are met.

Learning Tools and the Learning Toolbar

The Learning Toolbar

The Learning toolbar is available when you launch any lesson. It provides easy access to various learning and social tools in a quick and intuitive way.

Notes

Users are given a slick interface to take notes while they are viewing a lesson. Part of the Learning toolbar, its very easy to access your notes and do that without interrupting your lesson.

Lists

Lists are a easy way to organise lessons across the system in a way that makes it easy for the student to find. Think of them as Gmail Labels. Each student can create their own and add any lesson to one or more lists.

Learning Dashboard

Every student has their own learning dashboard that gives a quick view of their learning activities, recommendations and activity charts to the user. The Dashboard quickly shows the user their Enrolled courses, progress across courses, activity stream and graphs, group discussions etc in one quick view.

Extensible Dashboard Architecture

It is possible to add more rich and useful widgets and content to the dashboard using Dashboard plugins. It opens up a new opportunity for 3rd party developers to join the Joomla learning revolution we are starting with Shika and contribute some snazzy Dash plugins.

Dashboard widget for total ideal time

Dashboard widget for total ideal time denotes the total time that is to be allocated to each lesson and for comparing with the actual time spent for each lesson which helps time tracking.

Teacher Tools

Course Assignment

Teachers and admins can assign users to one or more courses in the system using this feature. Assignment indicates that its mandatory for the user to take that course.

Course Assignment and Goals

In a corporate environment you want to be able to assign courses to students and have them complete them in a specific time frame. With course assignments, admins and course owners can assign courses to students and set start and due dates. Students can also set courses as 'Goals' with due dates for themselves.

This is powered by jLike transparently in Shika and is an excellent example of the seamless integration goals we have set for integrating products with each other. This comes with an improved back end enrollments view with better filters. We are also shipping an Alpha of 'jLike based reminders' with this release which you can try in jLike.

Reports

Course Report

The course report helps teachers and admins get a quick overview on a course level. Which includes details of people enrolled for the course, people who have completed and who have not. So the teachers can keep a track of their course.

Student Report Card

Students report card gives a student level performance report across courses. It contains the number of attempts taken per lesson, score and status.

Attempt Report

This reports gives you insights of all the Attempts made by the students.

Lessons Report

This report covers extensive details about the lessons. Like start date, end date, attempt, status, time spent and more..

Users Report

Get all the insights of the user from details like number of courses he has enrolled in, contact details, pending and completed courses etc.

Multi purpose Ajaxed reporting tool

This awesome Reporting tool gives you control on what you want to see in reports, set filters and also choose what columns to show and hide. You can also save your own custom reports.

Configurable Date format for reports

Admin can set the Date format to be used for reports and other areas.

Improved User report with Joomla user group filters

Now filter the user report using Joomla user groups. Very useful if you are using Joomla groups to setup departments in a company.

Compare spent time vs ideal time for lessons

The attempt & lesson reports get an upgrade to let you compare Spent time vs Ideal time. `

User Interface

Multiple Course Layouts

You can choose between a blog view, a Pinterest like variable height view and also a fixed height pin view to show your courses. You can choose to create a menu common for all categories or have category specific menus.

Responsive

Shika is completely responsive and brings an awesome learning experience to you whether you are using a desktop, laptop, tablet or a mobile device.

Rich Course Page

The Course page gives a quick look at what the contents are all about and also shows you your progress and other user specific course metrics if you are logged in. A Table of contents, your progress and attempts on each lesson, overall course progress, Social information like group discussions, group chat and other members enrolled in the course is shown in a nice intuitive interface.

Media Storage

S3 integration*

Elearning assets can be pretty heavy and having a cost efficient way of storage is supercritical for a Learning management system. Shika offers inbuilt Amazon S3 integration to let you store all learning assets in a cost efficient way.

Developer APIs

Native Joomla MVC and overrides

We use native Joomla MVC throughout the public views of Shika. This means you can use Joomla template overrides to easily override the output and give Shika your own custom look.

Plugin Triggers

We have built Shika to be easily extendible by making a host of plugin triggers available across the Shika codebase. This makes it easy to intercept and modify data, extend features and add your own twist to Shika. (See the API Documentation for full details.)

Lesson Player Plugins

Shika supports a host of lesson types like Video, Documents, SCORM, TinCan, HTML5 and Live. Each of these lesson types is supported by lesson player plugins that support each type. Our plugin API allows you to write your own Player plugins. (The Live lesson method is for having hangouts and webinars as lesson types. These are not available now and will be introduced in upcoming versions.)

LRS Plugins

TINCAN relies on using a Learning Record Store to store all learning metrics. Currently Shika ships with SCORM Cloud Public LRS plugin integrated. The LRS plugin API allows you to add your own LRS integrations to Shika.

Keep a watch on all important things like total number of courses, students enrolled, pending enrollments, revenue and much more. Detail analysis of these things with activity and sales graph with the e commerce dashboards and reports.

Common Payments API

Shika uses Techjoomla’s common payments API to power its payments. You can develop additional payment plugins for Shika and other supported products using the Common Payments API.
Your Subscription comes with free support and updates for the following plugins.
-Paypal
-Paypal - Adaptive Payment
-Authorizenet
-2Checkout
-Pay By Check
-Pay By Purchase Order
-Alpha User Points
-JomSocial Points

All plugins listed on this link will also likely work. However they are not covered under the support subscription. https://github.com/techjoomla/joomla-payments/tree/master/code/plugins

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  Summary

Latest Version

1.1.7 Stable

Extension Type

C M P L

Joomla Compatibility

3.x

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